So, you’re stuck at home, trying to keep that bod in some sort of fit state, but it’s hard when you’ve stockpiled so many delicious snacks and are lounging around most of the day. The gym is closed, beach runs are off the cards and your motivation just isn’t taking lockdown seriously and has left the house. Well boy do I have a treat for you. Eight of the best free workouts you can do at home with no equipment. Just bring yourself. Tried and tested by a very physically exhausted, yours truly. 

  1. Cardio Fitness Party Workout

First up, a dance party workout you didn’t know you needed. Keaira LeShae produces the most fun at-home workouts for POPSUGAR and they get you feeling so motivated. Put on your activewear and dim the lights because you’re going dancing. Coming in at just over 10 minutes, this is perfect for a quick workout or a fun warmup for one of the workouts below.

2. 30-Minute Hip-Hop Fit Workout

Live your Step Up/Bring It On dreams with this hip-hop workout. A 30-minute cardio burst will absolutely boost house moral. My housemates participated in this one and it was so much fun and a lot of laughs.

3. 30-Minute HIIT Cardio Workout with Warm Up – No Equipment at Home

Okay, for those of us who want a workout that is a bit more serious – this is for you. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) will get you the results you want in minimal time. You’ll be exhausted but man, you’ll feel good. The health benefits of HIIT are widely known – give it a google to read about all the ways this sort of exercise can help your body.

4. Gentle Yoga Flow – 30-Minute All Levels Yoga Class

Maybe you’ve had a huge study day and need to wind down. This 30-minute gentle yoga routine will help you do exactly that. Relax and find your chi in these crazy times. Mental health is just as important as physical health so make time to meditate and bring that busy mind back down to earth.

5. 45 Minute Bodyweight Workout

Beware, this is intense! If you really need to wear yourself out and get in a good night’s sleep, give this 45-minute bodyweight circuit a go. Intensity levels are easily changed up to suit your fitness and strength level so there’s no reason not to try it out.

6. 30-Minute No-Equipment Abs and Butt-Toning Workout

If you’re trying to weigh up your hate of cardio with your desire for tight abs and a nice butt – join the club lol. I try to add something like this to my workout routine at least twice a week. In addition to some light cardio, this will help you tone up in no time!

7. 30 Min Cardio Kickboxing Workout

Housemates got you feeling a bit crazy? Throw some punches in the air and let that frustration go. Probably do this one in the backyard if you can or a big open room. If not, it’s highly probable that your walls will end up with a few holes in them. Holes in walls = no bond back. Sad.

8. Britney B*tch – 10 Min Dance Class

Last but definitely not least. For those among us who have decided now is a good time to cut our own bangs and bleach our hair- I present to you Britney B*tch – 10 Min Dance Class. Try out that hair style you’ve always wanted (says the blue-haired author of this article) and then celebrate by dancing to some absolute bangers by Britney.

 

With all this time on your hands, why not invest it in your body? The benefits of physical health for your immune systems and mental health are massive and the additional benefits are countless. Time spent on exercise is never wasted and your body and mind will thank you. Stay safe out there, have fun and be kind to one another.

 

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